Contract signing: Go-Ahead will operate the 'Murrbahn' as of December 2019

New trains on the line between Stuttgart and Nuremberg

Stuttgart, 16.02.2018 – On Friday 16 February 2018, Baden-Württemberg’s Federal Minister of Transport Winfried Hermann MdL, Stefan Krispin, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland GmbH, and Thomas Prechtl, General Director of the Bavarian Railways Company (BEG), signed the transport contracts for the future regional rail transport (SPNV) on the Stuttgart–Nuremberg line (Network 3a), the so-called ‘Murrbahn’.

Minister Hermann was pleased: “Go-Ahead have been able to gain another network in Baden-Württemberg with their offer. I hope the competition on the tracks will pay off for our customers. The modern, air-conditioned and wheelchair-accessible trains with Wi-Fi will signify a notable increase in quality as of December 2019.” The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Transport and the Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft mbh, representing the Free State of Bavaria, already awarded the bid to Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland GmbH in September 2017. Go-Ahead is part of the British Go-Ahead Group plc.

“Once again we have been able to successfully use our own model, the so-called ‘BW model’,” said Minister of Transport Winfried Hermann. “This means that new, modern and comfortable trains will run on the line from Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof (Central Railway Station) to Nuremberg Hauptbahnhof as of December 2019. In this process, too, we were able to achieve more favourable conditions by means of the tender and thus secure the state’s 2025 target concept in regional rail transport for the long term”, said Minister Herrmann.

“We are delighted to be able to run another network in Germany with the 3A Network, and we want to attract more passengers from Baden-Württemberg regional rail transport with a high-quality service and innovative and customer-oriented solutions,” said Stefan Krispin, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland GmbH. “In the 3a Network we will also be a reliable and responsible partner in rail transport and develop into an employer of choice. We are also looking forward to working together with all other rail transport companies in the future,” said Stefan Krispin. “Our utmost priority is safety and quality for both our passengers and our employees.

Just a few weeks ago, rail service was significantly improved in Westmittelfranken due to the extension of the suburban railway (S-Bahn) from Ansbach to Dombühl and the start of operations of the new station in Leutershausen-Wiedersbach. We’re expanding the timetable once again with the Go-Ahead launch. Two additional daily connections in the evenings between Stuttgart and Nuremberg and Nuremberg and Crailshaim will be added,” stated Thomas Prechtl, Managing Director of BEG.

vertragsunterzeichnungFrom the left: Peter Raue, Technical Director Baden-Württemberg GmbH, Stefan Krispin, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland GmbH, Winfried Hermann MdL, Baden-Württemberg’s Federal Minister of Transport, Thomas Prechtl, General Director of the Bavarian Railways Company (BEG)




Go-Ahead operations will take place as of mid-December 2019. The transport contract, valid until the end of 2032, includes a total of around 1.38 million train kilometres per year and thus forms one of the smaller sub-networks of the state of Baden-Württemberg, which was tendered in cooperation with the Free State of Bavaria. The trains run as before every 2 hours on the following lines. Stuttgart Hbf–Backnang–Schwäbisch Hall-Hessental–Crailsheim–Ansbach–Nuremberg Hbf.

Due to overlaps with other networks a more frequent service is offered on the following sections:

  • Section Stuttgart Hbf–Gaildorf West every 30 minutes on work days together with the services from Network 3b.
  • Gaildorf West–Schwäbisch Hall-Hessental every hour together with transport services from Network 3b.
  • Schwäbisch Hall-Hessental–Crailsheim every hour together with the services from Network 11.
  • Crailsheim–Ansbach hourly service with the IC Line 61 supplemented by single trips during peak time in the mornings and afternoons.
  • In the future, on the section Ansbach–Nürnberg 3 to 4 trains will run hourly alongside the journeys of the IC Line 61 and the S-Bahn Nuremberg.
  • On the section Crailsheim–Nürnberg Hbf an additional train runs in both directions in the evening.
  • The last departure from Stuttgart Hbf to Nuremberg Hbf at 20:53 (instead of 18:54 at present) and the last departure from Nuremberg Hbf to Crailsheim at 22:36 instead of 20:36 have been newly introduced.

With the powerful FLIRT trains from Stadler, a modern and comfortable vehicle from the newest series of this extremely reliable SPNV train type is going into action. The maximum speed of the vehicles is 160 km/h.

In addition to spacious multi-purpose areas, air-conditioned interiors and bicycle storage areas (up to 30 bicycles can be transported per vehicle), all vehicles provide access for wheelchair users and passengers with pushchairs at all platforms with a height of 76 cm. At platforms with a height of 55 cm, level boarding is provided using manual ramps in the immediate vicinity of the so-called universal toilet (for all passengers).

All vehicles are equipped with free Wi-Fi, plug sockets, and rowed seating fitted with collapsible tables. Selected seating areas in the vehicles have tables with sufficient working surfaces for the passengers. In order to meet the security needs of the passengers, all journeys will be accompanied by a train attendant in addition to a video recording in the vehicles.


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Erik Bethkenhagen
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